Iran called on Greece to cooperate to resolve the crisis, but without the involvement of the United States, after the seizure of the two Greek tankers by Iranian forces in the Gulf, as reported by Reuter’s agency.

Tehran launched a military operation against Greek tankers, after Athens had previously immobilized a tanker under the Iranian flag, and then the US seized the oil cargo it was carrying, as part of US sanctions imposed on Tehran.

American and Greek diplomats called on Iran to immediately release the Greek tankers. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that Washington supports Greece “in the face of this unjustified seizure.”

Barbs for Blinken

“Mr. Blinken must realize that the time that the United States imposed its own rules on the world has passed,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told Reuters, calling Washington “the biggest disruptive factor of free trade in the world “.

“Unfortunately, the Greek government has shown that taking orders from a third party is more important to it. But we believe that relations between Iran and Greece must remain in good faith,” the spokesman told reporters.

“I advise the Greek government to take the legal and judicial route for this issue without fanfare,” he said, adding that the health condition of the crew members of the Greek ships is good and that they are in telephone communication with their families.

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